HMS President (London)

HMS President occupies one of the most coveted positions in the heart of London, just downstream of Tower Bridge, overlooking the entrance to St Katharine Docks.

This stunning location, close to the Tower of London, and on the edge of the City in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, has its own purpose-built jetty which enables access to the river, and the berthing of small naval vessels. Interestingly, the Unit's location was used in the film, The Long Good Friday, and in June 2012, HMS President was at the centre of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant hosting the Royal Family furthermore, HRH Prince Philip was attached to HMS President while based in London during WWII. The rich history of the Unit includes its association with the author Ian Fleming, who was attached to HMS President during WWII as an intelligence officer. The Unit considers 007 to be 'one of its own' as it was the 'spiritual home' of 007 in the original Ian Fleming novels.

Recruiting across the Greater London area, HMS President is the largest Royal Naval Reserve unit in the country, maintaining a permanent Royal Navy presence in London, whilst offering reservists a full range of RNR career opportunities, combined with a vibrant sports and social programme. Along with its main London presence, an integral part of the Unit is Medway Division, located in the town of Rochester and attracting recruits from Kent, SE London and South Essex.

Unit history

How to get there


HMS President, 72 St Katharine's Way, London, E1W 1UQ

0207 481 7219

Meeting hours

Training evenings take place every Tuesday 7:00PM - 9:00PM.

Commanding Officer

Commander Laura Harrison

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